Many thanks to our readers for the kind words on the Cram and Ferguson monastery project I shared some weeks back. I have also been busy this summer and fall in my own personal studio on a number of non-architectural designs, including a peculiarly high number of heraldic commissions, which has allowed me to further explore a much-neglected part of the Church's artistic patrimony in which I have a particular interest.
The first was a design commissioned by a private gentleman for his own personal use; one version of it was intended for an ink stamp. While not of an explicitly ecclesiastical character, it incorporates a version of the Jerusalem cross (albeit without the crosslets) and the duo gladii of medieval political philosophy.
The second was a design for a new coat of arms for the College Seminary - St. Andrew's Hall at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Like Seton Hall's Immaculate Conception Seminary, it is essentially a differenced version of the arms of the archdiocese of Newark. The crown above is adapted also from the crest associated with Immaculate Conception's arms. I have omitted the torse or crest-wreath on the grounds ecclesiastical bodies do not typically use crests--though crowns by themselves are sometimes seen above the arms of religious orders or other similar institutes. I was very proud to see that they have used it already on programs, letterheads and other official publications.
I have also been busy with a number of full-color presentation renderings of existing ecclesiastical arms, which I hope to share with you once they have been delivered to their intended recipients. In the mean time, if I may be permitted to descend into crass commercialism, I might also like to point out that I have also recently completed this year's Christmas card for my studio, which can be purchased here.